Creationism gains more ground in private schools thanks to $1 billion in taxpayer funds amidst Cosmos stance, which has failed to present the beliefs related to God alongside evolutionary theories. Danny Faulkner, Christian ministry and an astronomer who works with Answers in Genesis believes that Cosmos does not even take into consideration what creationists have to say, thus considering them implausible. At the same time, voucher programs which allow parents to choose what their children will learn represents a major push from Alaska to New York.
An investigative report published Monday by Politico shows that creationism gains ground in private schools thanks to taxpayers in the United States who are set to offer $1 billion to institutions that discard the theory of evolution amidst Cosmos stance, which aims at teaching people to doubt everything and grasp information from an objective point of view. Politico’s journalist Stephanie Simon skimmed through hundreds of pages of textbooks, school websites and course descriptions and revealed the fact that the curriculum offered by private schools which receive public subsidies are mainly about creationism and even discard the fact that the universe is billions of years old. According to her findings, many of the schools she analyzed “go beyond teaching the biblical story of the six days of creation as literal fact;” the information offered in textbooks and other materials teaches students to be hostile with regard to scientists and go as far as mentioning that evolutionary theories cannot be trusted because they do not have the status of “scientific law.”
Voucher Programs in a Nutshell
Creationism is gaining ground in private schools and bills which debate about science education allow parents to pull their kids from science class amidst Cosmos stance with regard to people’s knowledge when it comes to evolution. Years of litigation have concluded that public schools cannot teach creationism, but this does not mean that private schools which receive public subsidies have to follow the same rules. For example, one set of books popular among Christian schools states that evolution is an arrogant and “wicked” philosophy and some students learn from the very beginning that “many scientists today are Creationists.”
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, approximately 26 states are thinking of reviving new voucher programs and setting up individual bank accounts filled with state funds that parents can spent on tuition, textbooks and tutors has become a popular concept. Politico revealed that approximately 250,000 students benefit from vouchers and tax-credit scholarships and, in Florida, public subsidies could rise to about $700 million in 2018.
Creationism is a big part of subsidy programs and children are eligible for a partial voucher even if the family has an income of $88,000, a situation which best characterizes schools in Indiana. In the middle of the creationism-evolutionism debate are Bill Nye and Ken Ham, but also Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose Cosmos show does not take into consideration that the world was created in six days. Creationism gains ground in private schools all over the country amidst Cosmos stance and taxpayer funds worth $1 billion are meant to help parents decide on what type of education their children will receive and what values will be reflected in the curriculum.
By Gabriela Motroc